Niger revokes 1,000 diplomatic passports issued by ousted regime

Niger’s new military leadership has invalidated over 990 diplomatic passports belonging to individuals, both nationals and foreigners, associated with the former regime.

The foreign ministry has sent notifications to diplomatic missions in Niger, informing them that the passports have been rendered “lapsed,” as per copies of the letter circulated on social media.

The diplomatic passports were in possession of former high-ranking individuals in various government institutions and ministries, as well as former Members of Parliament and advisors, including those associated with the president and prime minister, media reported on Thursday.

Approximately 50 of these passports had been issued to individuals from countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Libya, Turkey, as well as other West African nations.

Following his overthrow on July 26, President Mohamed Bazoum has been detained at his residence.

In late August, the newly established regime revoked the passports of several government officials who were overseas, including the prime minister, foreign minister, and Niger’s ambassador to France.

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